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Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
Hoop-Tober #1: September of Darkness, The bleeding edge
This film is a truly proof that sound and images can be truly a hell; and Miike did a convenient hell in all conventions, dimensions and courage as a sledgehammer hits his audience in the skull and squeezing in our brain; the heart get stabbed and the mind meltdown; destroying and obliterating all the sense; the eyes and the ears and even the touch. It’s a very delirium experience and ultra sensory work. An auditory nightmare. A violent knock on the soul.
And the film begins with a grief; a very melodic music plays, almost melancholic a father and son look sadly to a woman dying in the bed; the gloomy sadness…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
“This wire can cut through flesh and bone easily.”
There is a large canvas bag on the floor. It is tied with rope. Inside it, a living thing moves violently.
Before Audition descends into a maelstrom of hallucination and shocking violence, it moves along placidly as a domestic melodrama in the vein of Ozu or Sirk. The premise is skeevy, of course: Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi), seven years a widower and living with his teenage son, is encouraged by both his son and his friend, Yasuhisa Yoshikawa (Jun Kunimara), to venture back into the dating world. Yoshikawa—winner of the Mel Gibson gender relations award—suggests that Aoyama find his new bride by staging a fake casting audition for the lead role…
Following Haneke’s Funny Games and Lynch’s Lost Highway, Audition was Takashi Miike’s contribution to a small movement of unsettling cinema in the late 90s as well as his international breakthrough.
Miike is comparable to Haneke in the moments where his action is filmed naturalistically without music or ominous lighting. In the scenes where he does use manipulative techniques his style is contrapuntal, televisual even, bizarrely playing out like a romantic drama. The film has many notable Lynchian qualities in its second half, with a skilful play between nightmare and reality. The momentary glimpses of the horrors to come are mysterious, even on repeat viewings, and the snippets of terror retain a sense of dread in the build up to the…
Yeah, so about the whole "dating" thing I thought I needed to get back into...
...I'm totally fine with being single now.
An immaculately construed nightmare that isn't an easy watch and leaves viewers to form there own conclusions, this is a must see film for fans of the horror genre.
Ryo Ishibashi stars as Aoyama, a widower who has raised his son alone since his wife passed seven years ago. Although he is a good father he hasn't really moved on since his wife's death and it isn't until he's urged on by his son that Aoyame decides he would like to re-marry. Un-sure how to go about meeting women, he speaks to his friend Yoshikawa, a film producer who talks him into holding a fake audition/casting for a film so that he can whittle down potential partners before choosing one…
Audition has been described as an influence on "torture porn".The term was invented by David Edelstein to describe films such as Saw, The Devil's Rejects and Wolf Creek that offer "titillating and shocking" scenes that push the audience to the margins of depravity for them to "feel something". Audition influenced American directors such as Eli Roth. Roth stated that Audition influenced him to make his film Hostel, with Miike even making a cameo as a satisfied customer of the kidnappers who let customers torture their victims.
Director Quentin Tarantino included Audition in his list of top 20 films released since 1992 (the year he became a director).
Rewatching it now, it's clear to me that most people - myself included when I originally saw it in my teens and found it so sickening I swore off watching it ever again - are reading this film completely wrong.
It's a film about a man's personal demons, which he confronts in nightmares. Everything, literally everything, horrible in this film is just a dream. Watch it with this in mind and it all makes perfect sense, whereas it's very confusing if you take the torture scene as reality and loads of stuff simply doesn't add up. When he wakes up near the end and realises he's still in bed with her, she says something to him which then plays into the nightmare he slips back into as he falls back to sleep.
Pay close attention throughout - it's masterfully directed.
Asami really is the woman of Aoyama's dreams - the question is, does he deserve her?
Kiri kiri kiri kiri!
"deeper, deeper, deeper"
tw// a lot of gore
Well that got weird
Disturbing, grotesque, but all around brilliant.
"Words create lies. Pain can be trusted"
Audition is an immensely twisted film that will fuck your brain! I absolutely loved this film!
The performances are brilliant; Eihi Shiina is fantastic in this, she was scary!
The use of sound is very affective and I couldn't help but cringe in a few scenes.
This is a very unnerving horror / thriller that has made me scared of dating for a while. Definitely check it out
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
My first Takashi Miike film, and definitely a keeper. It was extraordinary how well he interwove the sagas of the two protagonists: an older man who uses a ruse to cure his loneliness, and a young woman who uses a ruse to hide her traumatic past. Though we feel for the poor guy, it's a morality tale for the 21st-century online dating phenomenon, even more than AIDS and STD's were in for the previous generation--and we can't help but think he got his just desserts.